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Daniel 2 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:1 - In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnez'zar, Nebuchadnez'zar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:2 - Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chalde'ans be summoned, to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:3 - And the king said to them, "I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:4 - Then the Chalde'ans said to the king, "O king, live for ever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:5 - The king answered the Chalde'ans, "The word from me is sure: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:6 - But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:7 - They answered a second time, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:8 - The king answered, "I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is sure

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:9 - that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:10 - The Chalde'ans answered the king, "There is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand; for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chalde'an.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:11 - The thing that the king asks is difficult, and none can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:12 - Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:13 - So the decree went forth that the wise men were to be slain, and they sought Daniel and his companions, to slay them.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:14 - Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Ar'i-och, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to slay the wise men of Babylon;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:15 - he said to Ar'i-och, the king's captain, "Why is the decree of the king so severe?" Then Ar'i-och made the matter known to Daniel.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:16 - And Daniel went in and besought the king to appoint him a time, that he might show to the king the interpretation.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:17 - Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hanani'ah, Mish'a-el, and Azari'ah, his companions,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:18 - and told them to seek mercy of the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:19 - Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:20 - Daniel said: "Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever. to whom belong wisdom and might.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:21 - He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:22 - he reveals deep and mysterious things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:23 - To thee, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for thou hast given me wisdom and strength, and hast now made known to me what we asked of thee, for thou hast made known to us the king's matter."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:24 - Therefore Daniel went in to Ar'i-och, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and said thus to him, "Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:25 - Then Ar'i-och brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus to him: "I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can make known to the king the interpretation."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:26 - The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshaz'zar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?"

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:27 - Daniel answered the king, "No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery which the king has asked,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:28 - but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnez'zar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:29 - To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be hereafter, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:30 - But as for me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living has this mystery been revealed to me, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:31 - "You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:32 - The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:33 - its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:34 - As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:35 - then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:36 - "This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:37 - You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:38 - and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the sons of men, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air, making you rule over them all--you are the head of gold.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:39 - After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:40 - And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:41 - And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:42 - And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:43 - As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:44 - And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:45 - just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:46 - Then King Nebuchadnez'zar fell upon his face, and did homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:47 - The king said to Daniel, "Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery."

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:48 - Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:49 - Daniel made request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel remained at the king's court.

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